Birthday Loot 2018.

Once again I’m too full and tired (and hot — it’s been in the upper 90s today, the mid-30s Celsius) to do a proper post, so I’ll just list the books I got:

American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804 by Alan Taylor
Death’s End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past) by Cixin Liu
The Memoirs of Elias Canetti: The Tongue Set Free, The Torch in My Ear, The Play of the Eyes
Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose

Alan Taylor is one of my favorite historians (see this post), so I’m looking forward to his new book, and I’ve been wanting to read Canetti for decades now (the three-books-in-one memoir is over 800 pages, so it will keep me busy for a while). I also got a bottle of Connemara Single Malt Irish Whiskey, which will help pass the summer evenings. Sláinte!

Update. The mail has brought two more items to delight me (and extend the celebration):

Auto-da-Fé by Elias Canetti (thanks, D.O.!)
A Karamazov Companion: Commentary on the Genesis, Language, and Style of Dostoevsky’s Novel by Victor Terras (thanks, jamessal!)


  1. SFReader says

    What a strange definition of American continent!

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  3. Lá breithe shona duit!

  4. A belated Happy birthday !

  5. Thank you!

  6. Well, today is my birthday, so I will steal the wish from the Hat. My loot consisted of the first six Poldark books, which I had been wanting to read for some time after seeing the new TV series.

  7. And a very good birthday to you — happy reading!

  8. The Three Body Problem trilogy is so unbelievably good that I low-key feel bad for literally every other sci-fi writer of the current era, because none of them will ever write anything nearly as inventive. Liu Cixin is this era’s Clarke or Asimov.

  9. J.W. Brewer says

    I have found this to be a tasty as well as an amusingly-named Irish whiskey. Were you not retired, you could start a campaign demanding the release of a “Copy Editors’ Tears” whiskey before your next birthday.

  10. Bathrobe says

    I have the Three Body Problem trilogy in Chinese but I sent it back to Australia so that it wouldn’t interfere in my Mongolian studies. Have only read the first. It was a nice source for a roundup of 成 resultatives in Chinese.

  11. Man, that’s serious dedication to Mongolian! I don’t suppose you compared it to the translation, so you probably don’t have any thoughts about the latter.

  12. a tasty as well as an amusingly-named Irish whiskey

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